Friday Flick – Halloween Style

Today is Halloween and we could all use a good old fashion scare during this holiday. Whether you are prepping yourself and your costume for a traditional Halloween party, staying in and giving out candy and chocolate to tons of Trick or Treaters, or deciding not to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, this holiday only comes once a year and can be fun and freaky… even from the comforts of your own couch!

Now gather up your popcorn, candy, chocolate and pop, put on those sweats and grab that cozy blanket to put over top. Here are The Domestic Peach’s movie picks for Halloween:

FOR THE CLASSIC HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE…

Halloween (1978) – A typical classic for this holiday, hence the name and that the movie’s plot takes place on Halloween. After being institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, Michael Myers escapes years later and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets on Halloween.

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FOR THE FUNKY FREAKY PEOPLE OUT THERE (OR PEOPLE WHO ENJOY MUSICALS)…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – For anyone who loves doing the Time Warp at special occasions or in the privacy of their homes, this is a great pick for you. In this dark, twisty, and musical plot, a loving couple, a few lost monsters and a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania sing and dance through a campy, sloppy salute to horror movies and liberation.

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FOR THE VINTAGE, BLACK AND WHITE MOVIE FANS…

Psycho (1960) – No matter how old you are, it is hard for many to not recognize that shivery soundtrack or scream from this classic Alfred Hitchcock horror movie. When a woman goes missing–last seen at the infamous Bates Motel–her sister and boyfriend visit the place only to find it run by a man whose possessed by his dead mother and dresses himself up like her, adopting her personality.

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FOR THE FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN NIGHT…

Hocus Pocus (1993) – This was a favourite of mine when I was kid, along with many of my other childhood friends. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.

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FOR THE LITTLE KIDDIES…

It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – A cute and short classic flick that is little kid friendly and doesn’t go for long, which is great for early bed times. In this adorable movie, The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

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FOR THE ROMANTIC WITH A TWIST OF DARKNESS…

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – I wouldn’t recommend this for children as the darkness of it could cause nightmares, but for teenagers and adults, this movie is romantic and tugs at the heartstrings in ways you wouldn’t expect. An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful adolescent girl.

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Live the Fear this Halloween with Screemers

A few weeks ago, one of my blogger friends treated me to Toronto’s greatest scarefests in the city for Halloween – she hooked me up with VIP tickets to Screemers! This fall, Screemers celebrates 21 years since it unveiled its first haunted house experience and has grown to become one of Toronto (and Hamilton’s) key attractions for October, leading up to Halloween. Since it had been many years since I had attended Screemers (I would say that the last time I was there was maybe at the age of 12 or 13), I was excited to return to experience it again, and take one of my best friends along for this scary ride.

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This year, Screemers had five main haunted attractions – Skull Castle, The Diabolical House of Cards, The Darkness, The Haunted House, and the Slasher Wax Museum – and the classic Maniac Maze. I went through all of the attractions and really enjoyed it! I also admit, I definitely screamed a few times and slowly and carefully made my way through each one.

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Overall, my favourite was The Diabolical House of Cards, which is the neon coloured, 3D haunted house. Even though it was bright and flashy, it did not turn down the fear factor. Here is a preview of the cool neon designs on the walls of The Diabolical House of Cards (it’s a bit blurry as I was being chasing by a scary looking clown):

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To end the night off, my friend and I came across a psychic’s tent and I treated us both to a tarot card reading, which was really fun and had a lot of truth in it. I really love how they add this into Screemers, as most people love a good crystal ball, palm or card reading.

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If you are in Toronto or Hamilton tonight (Thursday, October 30th) or tomorrow night on Halloween (Friday, October 31st) with no plans for the scary holiday, check out Screemers! Tickets are $30 tonight and tomorrow night. It is a great scaring attraction that will leave you wanting more.

 

A Natural Method of Cleaning

Like most, I am not the biggest fan of housework. After busy days at work and carrying a busy social calendar, a lot of us want to jump into sweats and put our feet up for the night. However, our lives wouldn’t be as great or healthy with a messy and dirty home. When I lived on my own during university and during the first few years of my working life, as much as I founding it daunting, I would make it a priority to clean up and organize for a few hours every weekend. This allowed me to start my week off on a clean note!

Aside from the actual act of cleaning, I have gotten into using more natural products – both personal care and home care – in my daily routine. With more natural products coming out on the market, I have been able to get rid of the harsh chemicals in my household products and still get a squeaky clean home without exposing my family and myself to anything unhealthy. This is when I discovered a great method… actually, Method Home Products.

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Method is a brand that was founded by Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, who were looking to create a brand that fights dirt without the use of “dirty” products. When these men mean dirty, they mean harsh and harmful chemicals! I was originally introduced to Method when I noticed it on the shelves at a store and picked up a bottle of their Green Tea and Aloe Hand Wash. Soon after that, I discovered that Method not only had hand soap, but they had a wide range of products for home cleaning, dish cleaners, laundry, air-care and as mentioned already, hand and body products.

This line is very versatile, comes in a variety of amazing fragrances and when it comes to packaging design, this brand is ON POINT! The colourful bottles alone have you sold at first glance!

Here are a few of The Domestic Peach’s favourites from Method:

All-Purpose Cleaner (With powergreen technology):  This cleaner puts the “hurt on dirt” as Method says. It is a non-toxic, naturally derived, biodegradable formula that cleans well and leaves behind gleaming surfaces. Personally, the Pink Grapefruit and the French Lavender are my top picks.

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Dish Pump:  This dish soap was created to get people “pumped to get clean dishes” as Method says. It is grease-fighting, biodegradable soap that comes in a cool pump design, releasing the soap cleanly without any additional sudsy mess. The Clementine one has my heart in this one.

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Dryer-Activated Fabric Softener:  Method puts the dryer sheet into a simple, spray bottle. This plant-based, hypoallergenic formula has smartsoft technology, leaving clothes feeling soft and smelling fresh, all without the waste of fabric softener sheets. Fresh Air is all the way with this one. It just gives your clothes that freshness factor.

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Air Refresher:  This is a cleaner way to spray! Method has created a planet-friendly air refresher that is designed with innovative pressurized air technology, eliminating the aerosol spray we are used to.

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Have you tried Method products? Please share your favourites with us below in the comment box on The Domestic Peach!